Worcester ball hit by touts

first_imgWorcester’s upcoming Commemoration Ball, an event once dubbed as “Times social event of the year”, has been mired in controversy over ticket touting.The Ball, to be held on 20 June, promises on its website to provide “a thousand excesses” and has aroused particularly fierce competition for entry. Users on the internet forum ‘The Student Room’ have been offering non-dining tickets for up to £500 in response to one ticket-seeker’s claim that they would “pay almost anything” to gain entry to the Ball.Tickets for the ball were only available to Worcester students as the event was completely sold out by the time ticket sales were opened up to the rest of the University, the Ball committee confirmed.Students were able to purchase a maximum of four tickets each, but due to the high demand, a clear gap in the market has opened for people who want to sell on their tickets for a marked up price.Ball President, Nick Waddell, said that the committee in “no way condone ticket touting”.He said, “We have been happy to transfer tickets into another name for people who have had cancellations, but obviously we have had to take people’s word in these few cases that it is just name transfer.“We do not condone this ticket touting and anyone who buys a second hand ticket does run the risk of being caught without correct, corresponding ID at the door,” he said.He added that the Committee had been “unaware that large amounts of money might be changing hands for ball tickets.” Revellers at a previous Commemoration Ball Wadstock Another Oxford social event, Wadham’s music festival, “Wadstock” has also been hit by allegations of ticket touting. One student at Merton has explained how high demand for Wadham’s ‘Wadstock’ event seemed to encourage touting from the moment tickets went on sale. She commented, “I queued up for a guest ticket for Wadstock on Monday evening, and bought three (for myself, my boyfriend and a friend who is visiting for the weekend).“However, there was no limit on how many you can buy, so people all around me were buying seven or eight and saying things like ‘I’ll definitely be able to find someone to sell it to if so-and-so can’t make it.’”She added that almost everyone in the queue bought seven or eight tickets, meaning that they sold out in about an hour, “rather than the several days organisers seemed to be planning on.”center_img He did however add that given the popularity of the ball, it had been suspected.He said, “If students had bought tickets specifically to sell on, then this is not really fair on the people who missed out first time round and now can’t get hold of a ticket at a reasonable price.”One Worcester undergraduate who was selling his ticket, bought for £160, at the increased price of £320, defended his decision. He said, “I know £320 is steep, but the tickets are like gold dust and have sold for far more.” He later offered a reduced price of £300.A second year from Merton described her experience of the ticket touting. She said, “I tried to buy a ticket that someone needed to sell, but they were basically getting people to bid for it, and since I wasn’t willing to go over £140 (15 [pounds] more than the face value), I didn’t get it.”last_img read more

Syracuse can’t afford to keep missing free throws

first_img Published on December 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Tyus Battle let a free throw go against Old Dominion and could tell it was short. He walked a few steps between him and the rim and grabbed the first-shot rebound himself. The Syracuse junior smacked the ball with his right hand in frustration. Minutes later, SU’s leader in free-throw percentage a year ago (83.9 percent) missed the front end of a one-and-one. He slumped his shoulders, and the Orange clung onto a four-point lead.“I guess that’s how it goes sometimes, but we have to be better at the line,” Battle said after facing ODU. “We missed 12. That’s the difference in the game.”After misfiring on 12 free throws against Old Dominion, Syracuse (7-4) followed that up with a 5 for 13 showing from the line, its worst percentage of the season, in a loss to No. 14 Buffalo. The Orange are tied for 239th in the country, shooting 67.4 percent from the line, even though they shoot the 40th-most free throws in the country. Syracuse needs to find a remedy at the charity stripe in its final two nonconference games in the midst of a historically bad stretch, because missing free throws in Atlantic Coast Conference play could prove costly.“We’ve gotta be able to convert those (free throws),” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA year ago, Syracuse shot more than six percentage points better from the foul line than it is right now. All five of SU’s returning starters from a year ago — Battle, Frank Howard, Oshae Brissett, Marek Dolezaj and Paschal Chukwu — have shot worse from the foul line this season.After the Orange’s loss to Old Dominion on Dec. 15, multiple players addressed foul shots as a mental issue. Battle even headed back out to the floor to shoot some extra free-throw attempts after the game. The day before that game, SU missed some foul shots in practice, Howard said, and he speculated that could carry over.“You’ve got to go to the free throw line knowing you can make them,” SU guard Elijah Hughes said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHoward said he expected the Orange to shoot better at the line going forward. But after what Boeheim called two of SU’s worst practices of the year after playing ODU, Syracuse shot worse at the foul line against Buffalo.Only twice against the Bulls did a Syracuse player step to the line and leave without a miss. The Orange squandered multiple 1-and-1 opportunities by missing their first shot, deterring SU from opportunities at extra points.“We’re not making anything right now,” Boeheim said after the loss.Even though Syracuse’s offense has struggled, the Orange have continued to get to the line. Before shooting a season-low 13 attempts against Buffalo, SU taken more than 17 free throws in every game.Syracuse gave itself a recipe for defeating good teams when it traveled to Columbus and beat then-No. 16 Ohio State by 10 on Nov. 28. The Orange shot 17-for-19 from the foul line that day. But SU has compiled three of its four best shooting days at the foul line away from the Carrier Dome: at OSU and two games at Madison Square Garden in mid-November.After SU’s loss to Old Dominion, Boeheim was baffled by the lack of free-throw chops at home.“Playing at home, you’ve gotta make those shots,” Boeheim said. “You can’t miss 12 free throws. You just can’t do it.”UB held the Orange out of the paint with quick perimeter defenders. For the most part, Battle, Brissett and Hughes have worked inside and created contact. But when they step to the foul line, they don’t always convert.Brissett missed the first of two shots at the foul line in the second half on Tuesday night. Syracuse was already shooting under 50 percent at the line for the game, and those issues were partially why the Orange trailed by seven as Brissett stepped back up for his second free throw. But he shot long off the back rim, and Buffalo gathered the rebound.As the Bulls moved the ball back up the court, Brissett hopped up and down, twice, as his foul-line woes contributed to a second-straight game slipping away from Syracuse. From that point on, the Orange didn’t shoot any more foul shots, but the Bulls made all four of theirs down the stretch, icing the win.For Syracuse to make up for its rocky start to the season, it’ll have to find a way to make the free ones count.“Focus. It’s completely different from practice and in-game,” Brissett said. “Practice, there’s no pressure. In a game, everybody’s watching.” Commentslast_img read more